GSP and Cruz's time off were through injuries, Anderson has decided he wants a little holiday and make a film, not defend his belt, which a champion needs to do to stay a champion.
By the end of next year he would have gone over a year without defending his belt, I just hope for his sake he doesn't literally mean the end of next year, or Dana may as well strip him of that belt and give it to someone who wants to fight.
I think it is perfect time to take off from 185 for a bit as they sort out a next contender.
Anytime there is Silva "down the road" news
1: Will he give Chael a rematch or not?
2: Will he fight Jones before he retires?
People spaz out. If it was any other fighter people wouldn't be as mad over these things. Lets see what happens. If he fights GSP in the first quarter of next year then obviously he can't defend his belt. And it is a legit reason that he isn't defending.
Injuries or not, fact is Anderson fights more than many champs.